The Bureau of Land Management is temporarily closing public lands in and near Whitewater Canyon, Riverside County, due to the potential threat of wildfire. This public safety closure will start Monday, July 1, and will remain in effect until further notice.
“The National Interagency Fire Center’s Predictive Services show above normal potential for significant wildland fires in the area with warmer than average temperatures and dry conditions,” said Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office Manager Doug Herrema. “A wildfire in an area with one-way public egress could cause significant risk to Whitewater Canyon residents and visitors.”
Approximately 4,000 acres of BLM-managed public lands are affected by this closure. A copy of the fire order and a map of the Whitewater Canyon fire closure area will be posted at the entrance to Whitewater Canyon and are both available on BLM’s website.
The public is reminded that it is illegal to enter and be upon public lands that are described and identified as the “Fire Closure Area.” Violation of this order is punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment of not more than 12 months, or both.
Officials warn that at this time Whitewater Canyon Road and Whitewater Preserve are still closed until the road is fixed.
For more information, contact the BLM California Desert District Office, 951-697-5200, or the BLM Palm Springs-South Coast Field Office, 760- 833-7100.